The Dark Crystal Reviews

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Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film
May 26, 2015
The Skeksis, evil creatures seeking to solidify their power, retain their ability to frighten young children, and no amount of exposure to modern media seems adequate as a defence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
December 15, 2010
A fantastic, but more intense Muppet adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
May 23, 2008
A wonderfully invented world full of characters that transcend their puppet limitations thanks to the energy and creativity of the Jim Hansen and Frank Oz team of puppeteers and voice actors
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
September 21, 2007
A distant, uninvolving experience … characters and emotions, even by the archetypal standards of high fantasy, never come to life, and the overarching mythology seems too self-consciously contrived.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
August 14, 2007
An extraordinary, often mesmerizing achievement of design and performance that's held back by an underdeveloped script and a milquetoast leading character.
| Original Score: 3/4
Brian Orndorf
July 30, 2007
Crystal is a miraculous rush of innovation and storytelling patience, and, in the last 25 years, the film has grown from a 1982 misfire, to a cult wonder, to a bona-fide classic that's timeless in stature and masterful in execution.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Scott Weinberg
DVD Clinic
November 15, 2006
Points to the Henson team for trying to broaden the scope of their creatures -- and there's little denying that this particular flick still seems to hold up pretty darn well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
January 8, 2006
Os personagens são bem realizados e animados, mas o roteiro, além de plagiar O Senhor dos Anéis, é burocrático e pouco envolvente.
| Original Score: 2/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
October 12, 2005
This ersatz Tolkien with puppets looks and plays like ersatz Tolkien with puppets.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 7, 2005
You have to love a fantasy whose greatest peril is the Bog of Eternal Stench.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Vincent Canby
New York Times
August 30, 2004
The screenplay by David Odell, based on a story by Mr. Henson, is without any narrative drive whatever. It's without charm as well as interest.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
June 3, 2004
Comes off as an overblown puppet show.
| Original Score: D
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
May 22, 2004
Ponderous, yet unique and strangely charming.
| Original Score: 3/5
Blake Davis
KFOR Channel 4 News
March 27, 2004
A leap into the darker side of Jim Henson's imagination, a wonderful movie.
| Original Score: 4/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
April 18, 2003
One of the most imaginative films I've ever seen, a fitting tribute to the brilliant career of the late master puppeteer, Jim Henson.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
October 18, 2002
Yeah, the puppets look neat; too bad the story's stupid and the voice-acting sucks.
Clint Morris
September 17, 2002
One of Henson's shining moments in modern-day cinema
| Original Score: 3/5
Ryan Cracknell
Film Threat
August 1, 2002
It's a story as old as time redone in books and films over and over again. But this one's got the one-of-a-kind Henson vision and style.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Gregory Weinkauf
New Times
March 14, 2002
Immerses us in a familiar yet utterly unique world that's deeper, wider and more vibrantly alive than any mere puppetry.
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
January 1, 2000
A bittersweet spectacle.
| Original Score: 3/4
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